We all have one thing in common, we eat. The food industry has done a great job of convincing ‘eaters’ that they can feed us better than we can feed ourselves. As a result, we are getting fatter, sicker and developing allergies that were unheard of not too long ago. There are many things in our environment that we cannot control, what we eat is, for the most part, one thing that we can control.
Fad diets come and go but food is not a fad, it is essential for life.
Think about the simple egg. Eggs were deemed ‘evil’, and shunned as being ‘unhealthy’. These little powerhouses are a natural source of protein that are packed with vitamins and essential nutrients. They are affordable and come pre-packaged by nature.
In the meantime, while the egg was being vilified the breakfast cereal aisles grew to enormous proportions. Loaded with sugar, dyes, preservatives and additives. Brightly colored, cleverly packaged cereal lure shoppers & their children. While oatmeal occupies the bottom shelf, practically hidden from view.
Gluten Free! Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye and has become the latest dietary villain. Clearly the food industry has caught on and responded by labeling everything and anything it can “Gluten Free”. I have even seen gluten free bottled water! I understand that there are some people with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity that truly do benefit from a gluten free diet. With only 7% of Americans actually having these conditions it goes to show that a lot of people are looking for a solution to gastrointestinal distress or to improve physical or mental health. Consumer Reports published a very good article titled ‘Will a gluten-free diet really make you healthier?’ If you are experiencing what you perceive to be gluten intolerance I implore you to see a doctor. If you are considering going gluten free to just be ‘healthier’ please do your research, gluten free does not automatically mean healthy.
Low Fat / Fat Free: In the 1990’s fat became the villain. Fat Free products are often very high in sugar, sodium and chemicals. The truth is fat is fuel. We need fat in our diet to survive. Not all fat is created equally. There is no place in any diet for Trans-fats. If the label says ‘Partially Hydrogenated…..’ it goes back on the shelf. Natural fats found in wild caught seafood, olive oil, avocado, butter are all good with me. Keep in mind, I am not talking about weight loss here, I am talking about health.
There is magic in fresh food. We all eat, don’t miss an opportunity to eat well.
- Cook Buy or grow real ingredients and learn to cook them. The biggest form of rebellion against overly processed, chemical laden ‘food like products’ is to not buy them. The food industry is listening. We tell them what we want by what we purchase.
- Exercise everyday, walk, garden, just get out and move. (yes, shoveling snow counts)
- Avoid Fast Food With the exception of a very few items, fast food is not real food.
- Eat fat but choose wisely. All things in moderation does not apply to Trans Fats
- Limit refined sugar & artificial sweeteners No sodas, not even diet.
- Listen to your body. Your body is talking to you. Keep track of what you eat. If you feel good and have plenty of energy you are doing something right. If not, before eliminating any one food group try eliminating chemicals, additives, preservatives and buy Organic when you can.